It came, not by UPS, or USPS, nor even a blanket-covered basket on my doorstep. It--or rather, she--came with autumn.
My leather-gloved hands swept up an armful of wildflower and weeds turned to rustling straw; this is my part of the bargain that brings spring back to Minnesota, and clears the way for the potato harvest, before red squirrels find them.
I didn’t expect her there among the weeds. Green scales, chirp like a pennywhistle, eyes whirling crimson, gold, and burnt orange. No bigger than my thumb, but such a smile!
I held her warmth in my hand.
Liz Husebye Hartmann (100 words)
Your story may be serious or lighthearted or as silly as you like just so long as it is 100 words or less and written for the following prompt:
You've received a surprise package in the mail and experienced quite a reaction to the contents. What was in the package? How did you react to the contents and why did you react that way? In honor of the season, try to include a fall color like crimson, gold or burnt orange in your story.
Weekly reminder:don't forget to recommend an article that you like (to learn why, read Ann Marcaida's article Attract More Writers and Artists to Gather!)... Also try to place a comment on at least one article and say more than you liked the piece.